The Pelicans and their heart palpitating performances returned tonight against the Wizards. In the waning moments of the game, Tyreke Evans missed two consecutive shots within the final 2 minutes, Jrue Holiday decided to try and pass the ball to Anthony Davis despite the fact the Pelicans only needing to hang onto the ball, and Evans missed 1 of 2 free throws with 4.7 seconds left. Oh, and yeah, Gary Neal had to miss a wide open jumper for the game to not head into overtime.
New Orleans had a small halftime lead, 55-54, despite the fact the Wizards shooting 57% from the floor. A big reason New Orleans enjoyed the advantage was due to their work on the boards. They out-rebounded the Wizards 23-11 which included 7 offensive rebounds, 4 by Anthony Davis.
Although the Pelicans were edged out on the boards in the 2nd half and managed to only score 22 points in the paint (versus the super small Wizards 30), they were saved by the three-point shot. As a team, the players combined to make 16 of 27 shots from beyond the arc, a new record for the New Orleans franchise. Individually, Evans led the way by making a personal best five threes on a mere 6 attempts. Ryan Anderson may have not been on the floor, but he was certainly there in spirit. WOW!
To go along with those 5 treys, Tyreke Evans finished with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jrue Holiday added 19 points on 10 shots, Anthony Davis had a double-double with 18 and 11 and Eric Gordon chipped in 15 points.
Last, but certainly not least, Ish Smith came up huge. His line of 8 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists were instrumental because when he was on the floor (+11), New Orleans certainly performed better. Moving forward, let's hope his playing time eats into Norris Cole's.
The Wizards were led by John Wall: 26 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 3 triples. Although Ramon Sessions and Gary Neal were huge off the bench (combined 29 points), Washington sorely missed Bradley Beal.
Stay tuned for the full recap a little while later. Time to decompress.